Governor Obaseki, deputy dump APC, uncertainty over next moves

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Obaseki and his deputy Philip

THE Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Mr Philip Shaibu, have resigned their membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), with immediate effect, but heightened speculations about their next their line of action.

Obaseki said his decision was in the interest of Edo people, “protect the resources of Edo people and sustain good governance in the state.”

Prior to his resignation, Obaseki visited the Presidential Villa on Tuesday and told journalists that his resignation from the ruling party was as a result of his disqualification from the June 22 APC primaries.

Governor Obaseki said: “You would recall that my statement in my last tweet I said that I will make a decision after my disqualification was announced by APC that I will make a decision after I have consulted with the leadership and my supporters in Edo State and also having informed the president.

“So, just here today to inform you that I have now decided formally to resign my membership of All Progressives Congress.

“Having done that I would now announce in the next few days my specific line of action and what platform I will be contesting the gubernatorial elections on,’’

The governor dismissed all allegations against him by the party’s screening committee and described his disqualification as unfortunate.

On why announcing his resignation while on visit to the State House, Obaseki said: “I have said that before I make a decision, I have to show respect to my President, who I adore, who for me is an epitome of incorruptibility, an epitome of order, an epitome of lawfulness.

“This is the man whom for him that is what Nigeria should be all about. I think I owe him that respect to come and tell him what I have done and why I have decided to take the decision I took.’’

The APC screening committee disqualified Obaseki over alleged inconsistencies over his age and academic records.

The party’s NWC endorsed the disqualification, and Obaseki vowed not to appeal the decision.

Ahead of the screening, Obaseki said that he was not optimistic about his chances of scaling through the exercise while accusing the party Oshiomhole as being behind the disqualification.

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